Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Agasteeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Satyadakshi|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Vaippu Sthalam||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Vidangalur||District:||Nagapattinam|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Thiruvarur (19 km)||Nagapattinam (22 km)|
|Kumbakonam (59 km)||Mayiladuthurai (60 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
It is hard to imagine that a Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam is in such a state today. During the time Sundarar had sung a pathigam mentioning this temple, it would have likely been larger or certainly having more prominence that it has today.
Sages Agastyar and Vitangar worshipped here, which gives the moolavar His name as Agasteeswarar, and the town its name of Vidangalur. This is virtually a one-shrine temple, with a common mandapam (covered by asbestos roof) housing both the moolavar and Satyadakshi Amman. Thankfully, there are separate smaller sub-shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi and Anjaneyar.
This appears to be a Chola temple, likely dating to the 9th or 10th century. The moolavar, however, should have been here prior to that, since Sundarar has sung about Agasteeswarar of this temple. The architecture here is vanilla, no koshtam deities, etc, yet the simple work on the outer walls and supporting pillars, as well as the vimanam over the garbhagriham, display fine workmanship.
Other information for your visit
The temple priest Kannappa Gurukkal stays very close to the temple.
Kannappa Gurukkal: 8903104895, 9487025110
V Suryanarayanan: 9840150668; 04366-279524; 044-28110443